Danielle Hope thanks Rainbow judges

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 28 May 2010
Danielle Hope

Danielle Hope

'Over The Rainbow' winner Danielle Hope has praised judges Sheila Hancock, John Partridge and Charlotte Church for their invaluable advice on the show

Danielle Hope has praised the 'Over The Rainbow' judges for their invaluable advice.

The 18-year-old singer - who will play Dorothy in Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber's stage adaption of 'The Wizard of Oz' after winning the show last weekend - has told how the "incredible" judges Sheila Hancock, Charlotte Church and John Partridge kept her spirits high as they offered their words of wisdom.

She said: "They didn't know us well. That way they could form a professional opinion. But they always had a reason for what they said. It was good because you could walk away with something to work on. Sheila's incredible. I wanted her advice on acting and she was straight to the point. If she didn't think it was right she would say so.

"I was afraid of John because I'd never been confident in my dance ability. When we danced, he twirled me round and I felt like a Disney princess. He was fabulous."

However, the pretty starlet was left terrified she was going to be given the boot from the show by Charlotte.

She told Mail Online: "She stopped in front of me and I thought: 'Oh my God!' My heart was racing. She smiled like she was going to tap me, then she carried on and rejected the next person."

Danielle believes she managed to win the highly sought after prize after deciding to put her heart "on her sleeve."

She said: "I think sometimes it might have appeared that i didn't want it. But, finally, on the last show I put my heart on my sleeve and thought, 'There it is. Please, please, please don't break it.' I just finally had to open up."

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